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We are fortunate to have several incredible outdoor spaces in the Glen Ellyn area. This is why we have developed a variety of activities centered around just getting out and enjoying nature!


2022 Glen Ellyn Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Native trees and shrubs are available to preorder through the Glen Ellyn Native Tree & Shrub Sale. By using native plants at home, we turn our neighborhoods into extensions of local wild spaces. These plants add beauty and shade to yards and make them havens for wildlife. Fall is a great time to plant so roots can get established before winter’s cold weather.

Ordering begins: 9am Monday, August 15, 2022
Deadline to order: 12pm Friday, September 16, 2022
Order pickup: Saturday, October 1, 2022, Sunset Park, 9-11am

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Self-Guided Tours

Explore natural and restoration areas in your community parks with a self-guided tour. Tours are available for Lake Ellyn’s trees and demonstration garden, Village Green Park’s demonstration garden, and Maryknoll Park. Learn more >


Nature Walking Club

Bring your sense of adventure and wonder as we explore our natural heritage on local trails. These casual walks will highlight seasonal happenings. Walks will take place rain or shine. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part. Registration is required.

DateTopicTimeLocationRegister
Friday, August 12Rewilding Lake Ellyn9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Lake Ellyn ParkRegister
Friday, September 9Ponds and Wetlands9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Panfish ParkRegister
Friday, October 7Fall Color9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister
Friday, November 11Guided Exhibit Hike9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Willowbrook Wildlife CenterRegister
Friday, December 9Winter Walk9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Lambert LakeRegister

Nature Education Programs

We offer nature discovery experiences year-round. Children, teens, and adults can connect with nature in our hands-on programs. We offer fun programs on trees, birds of prey, mammals, insects, native plants, and more. Camps are also available during the summer.

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Restoration Workdays

Best for ages 8 and up
Help care for natural areas in your community parks. Workdays are a great way to spend time outdoors while giving back to the environment. We meet up once a month to remove nonnative plants, pick up litter, maintain trails, collect seeds, plant trees and flowers, and more. Activities vary by season and location.
Free, but registration required.

DateTimeLocationRegister
Saturday, August 209 a.m. to 11 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister »
Saturday, September 179 a.m. to 11 a.m.Glen Ellyn Manor ParkRegister »
Saturday, October 159 a.m. to 11 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister >>
Saturday, November 199 a.m. to 11 a.m.Ackerman WoodsRegister >>
Saturday, December 179 a.m. to 11 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister >>

Trail Recommendations

There’s no need to travel great distances to get close to nature. Whether you’re planning an outing with family and friends or venturing out on your own, there are plenty of local trails that provide a great escape. 

View our top trail picks »

Greener Glen Ellyn

The Park District strives to be an eco-friendly leader in the Glen Ellyn community. Our goals are to protect and enhance the environment and natural resources and to motivate the public through the District’s example. That is why we’ve created the Greener Glen Ellyn online resource center. Here, you can learn about environmental issues impacting our community and ways to be “greener” at home.

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Adopt-A-Park

Play an active role in beautifying your parks.

Glen Ellyn has many beautiful parks, natural areas, and open spaces. However, with these wonderful amenities comes the great responsibility of being good public lands stewards. We could use your help caring for our park spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Adoptions are great for any group who wants to have a positive and lasting impact on the environment. Service projects might include picking up litter, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, planting native wildflowers, and reporting vandalism.

People of all ages and walks of life can be an active part of the Adopt-A-Park program. The program is open to individuals, businesses, groups, and other community organizations.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation

Glen Ellyn Park District is not equipped or licensed to accept injured, ill, or orphaned birds/animals. But we’re lucky to have the DuPage County Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a native wildlife rehabilitation facility, located right here in Glen Ellyn! They are a wonderful resource for information and can connect rescuers with rehabilitators.

Web: www.dupageforest.org/willowbrook-wildlife-center
Phone: (630) 942-6200